Hello, everyone, my name is Dr Jaya Ravindran. I am 47 years of age and was an arthritis doctor by trade. I live with my wife and daughter in Warwickshire in the U.K.

I was diagnosed with acute T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukaemia in October 2014. I had intensive chemotherapy and maintenance chemotherapy until October 2016 which resulted in remission. I had complications including bleeding in the brain, admission to intensive care for infection and also pneumonia. The transition of becoming a patient from being a doctor had its many challenges too. However, the dignity, stoicism and courage of my fellow patients and the care, professionalism and sensitivity of the healthcare professionals was truly inspiring.

However, I relapsed in November 2016. I received further chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in April 2017.

I have been writing poetry since my university days, and, faced with these new challenges I began compiling a poetry book to share some of my experiences: both good and bad. I have long harboured a desire to publish this book of poems and reflections as I face this journey through cancer.

This summer in August 2017 I received the devastating news that, in spite of an initially positive prognosis, I had once again relapsed. I have now started a new specific treatment for patients with my condition. The haematology team have applied and been successful in getting funding from the drug company’s compassionate funding programme/scheme for some specific chemotherapy to improve my survival, for which I am extremely grateful.

As the father of a young daughter, I do not feel ready to give up my fight. The haematology teams, family and friends have given me hope, positivity, and vitality. My story does not feel written yet: it is with renewed purpose I find myself in a position to give hope to others with my disease through publishing my book of poetry and reflections of a doctor-as-patient, and I would like to raise funds for this undertaking to donate to two charities and for my daughter’s future.

Introducing Project Hope

My request for funding is to give me the opportunity to pass on the baton of love, gratitude and hope to all I know and to establish a legacy. The charities I have chosen are for the blood cancer research charity Bloodwise and towards the bone marrow transplant charity the Anthony Nolan trust – both of which do incredible work. My aim is also to raise awareness of the national bone marrow register – which few people realise requires little more than a mouth swab to join – particularly among ethnic groups where potential donors are underrepresented.

As a doctor and now a patient I encourage everyone to join the bone marrow register and give hope to others. I still feel deeply about continuing to help my fellow patients. Please support me in this venture through a donation via JustGiving, and in return, you will receive a beautifully bound copy of my poems and reflections. The book is a gift and token of our appreciation. Thank you all for your time and support.

Kind regards, Jaya.

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What Is Project Hope?

Project Hope is an initiative started by Dr. Jaya Ravindran, a 47-year-old retired arthritis doctor.

Jaya was diagnosed with acute T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukaemia in October 2014 and after treatment including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, he has suffered two relapses. It was after, this last relapse that Project Hope was born.

An initiative was started to raise funds for those fighting a similar battle by donating some of the proceeds of Jaya’s book of poems to a blood cancer research charity – Bloodwise and towards bone marrow transplant charity – the Anthony Nolan trust, and some towards his daughter’s future.

Please show your support for Project Hope, which is raising funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust and Bloodwise, and for my daughter. The suggested minimum donation is GBP30 but feel free to donate what you can. Kindly donate via the form below which, having captured your contact details, will redirect you to the JustGiving website, which we are using as an independent third party to collect money. You will receive a beautifully bound and printed hardback copy of Jaya’s poems and reflections supported by the captivating artwork of Darren Emilianos. The book is a gift and token of our appreciation.

Thank you for your support. Project Hope has given me a renewed purpose at this difficult time and your support is invaluable.

Kind regards, Jaya.

Jaya’s Book Of Poems And Reflections

I hope that through my book of poems and reflections, people will gain some understanding of how it feels to go on this journey. For those who are suffering, I hope they can see that they are not alone, and for those supporting them, I hope it provides some insight. If my book can go some way to helping raise awareness then it is a legacy that I will be proud to leave behind.

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Please show your support for Project Hope, which is raising funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust and Bloodwise, and for my daughter’s future.

Charities We Are Supporting

Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders. Every day, we use our register to match remarkable donors willing to donate their blood stem cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. For information on joining the register, fundraising or support for patients and families with blood cancer, please visit:  www.anthonynolan.orgBloodwise is the UK’s specialist research charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients. Around 38 000 people of all ages, from children to adults are diagnosed with blood cancers and related disorders every year in the UK. It is a complex disease area made up of 137 individual diseases, including Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma. Together, blood cancers are the fifth most common form of cancer and the third biggest cancer killer. For more information please visit:  www.bloodwise.org.uk